Psychedelics and the Living Planet
Psychedelics are remarkable for their ability to reliably bring about so-called mystical/spiritual-type experiences, the hallmark of which is a sense of unity and interconnectedness of all things. Join this session to explore the role of psychedelics in the regeneration of soil, water, and ecosystems worldwide.
Research has found that such unitive experiences can produce significant and sustained increases in Nature Relatedness, a measure associated with greater wellbeing and ecologically sustainable behaviour.
Stephen attained an undergraduate degree in Physics at Oxford, and then a Masters in Complexity Sciences at Bristol. Some time after University he immersed himself in the world of climate activism with the Camp for Climate Action (‘Climate Camp’).
In October 2010, with friends from Climate Camp, he set up UK Uncut. In 2011, he started working for the New Economics Foundation (NEF). He then co-founded the New Economy Organisers Network (NEON).
In the summer of 2011, he had his first major drug experience with MDMA at Glastonbury Festival. A year later, he had his first psychedelic experience with 2C-B at Shambala Festival, which inspired a fascination with psychedelics.
In December 2012, he became the youngest ever board member of Greenpeace UK. A year later he left NEF and started working as a freelance digital consultant/developer for organisations including 38 Degrees, the Labour Party, the Green Party, 350.org, the Living Wage Foundation, Positive Money, SumOfUs, 10:10 and Brandalism.
In 2014, having just returned from Nowhere (the largest of the European Burning Man events), he founded the Psychedelic Society, which continues to be his main project. Since 2017 he has been fascinated with metamodern/Teal thinking. In mid-2018, the Psychedelic Society started making the transition to becoming a Teal organisation.